Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
Pax is a timeless, moving story of the unbreakable bond of friendship between an animal and a child in the tradition of Lassie Come Home. It is also a beautiful hardcover book with stunning illustrations from talented artist Jon Klassen that begs to be held close.
Not long after his mother dies, 12-year-old Peter discovers a mother fox that has been hit by a car at the side of the road. When he finds her babies, he takes the only surviving kit to rear as his own and names him Pax. The two are tightly bonded until the day Peter’s father is called to war. The boy must live at his grandfather’s house and Pax must be released into the woods to become a wild animal again.
But the love between boy and fox is strong and they each determine to find one another, setting off on a perilous journey. The worlds of both boy and fox are authentically portrayed through chapters written in alternating voices as they encounter danger and obstacles along their path. Pax is destined to become a contemporary classic that will be enjoyed by animal lovers aged 10 and up.
Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.